Mother kills her teen daughter with help of lover; both sentenced to death

  • | Thursday | 1st April, 2021

The court of additional sessions judge SM Rajpurohit on Wednesday awarded capital punishment to Kanku Koli (38) and her lover Umang Thakkar for the murder of her daughter Sonal, then 17.

A woman and her lover were sentenced to death for brutally killing her 17-year-old daughter for objecting to their relationship in a village of Surendranagar district in 2018.

The court of additional sessions judge SM Rajpurohit on Wednesday awarded capital punishment to Kanku Koli (38) and her lover Umang Thakkar for the murder of her daughter Sonal, then 17.
Kanku and Sonal used to work as domestic help to earn a living in their native Dhama village. Kanku used to work at Thakkar`s house too and they got into a relationship. He had a grocery shop and was unmarried.

When Sonal got to know about the affair, she rebuked her mother and threatened to expose them. Kanku tried to convince her not to do so, but Sonal refused to relent.

The duo then hatched a plan to eliminate Sonal. As per their plan, Kanku, on July 11, 2018, urged Sonal to accompany her to Thakkar`s house to complete domestic chores. Sonal was reluctant but Kanku pleaded with her saying that there was too much work and she needed a helping hand.

When they reached his house, Thakkar shut the door and started making attempts to convince Sonal to accept their relationship. However, Sonal stood firm on her stand. Thakkar then took out a knife and stabbed the girl five times in the abdomen and once in the neck. After Sonal died on the spot, Thakkar fled from there, but Kanku kept sitting beside the body.

When Umang`s mother returned home, she saw Sonal`s body and informed the villagers.

Later, Sonal`s uncle Vishnu Koli lodged a complaint at Zinzuwada police station naming Kanku and Thakkar. Thakkar was arrested from Maliya town of Morbi district a couple of days after the crime.

Public prosecutor Vasudev Bhatt said that there were no eyewitnesses to the crime, but the court relied on corroborative and scientific evidence."A total of 26 witnesses were examined of which seven, including the complainant, had turned hostile," said Bhatt.

"Kanku had got involved in the illicit relationship out of lust and both had conspired to kill Sonal," he said


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